Many Unrepresented Families Quickly Ordered Deported
(18 Oct 2016) At the end of September 2016 a total of 38,601 cases on the court's "rocket docket" involving "adults with children" (AWC) have been decided by immigration judges since July of 2014. In 27,015 of these, or 70 percent, the family was unrepresented.

It was exceedingly rare, unless the family was represented, for any application for asylum or other forms of available relief from deportation to be filed. Applications for relief were filed by just 6.5 percent of unrepresented women with children in contrast to 70 percent of those who were represented.

In forty-three percent (43.4%) of unrepresented AWC cases, the families were ordered deported at the initial master calendar hearing. Here the median time from filing to closure for these cases was only 24 days. This type of rapid dispatch of cases occurred only four percent (4.4%) of the time for those who were represented and thus better equipped to mount a defense against the deportation action.

Practices varied sharply by Immigration Court. In the Memphis, Baltimore, Harlingen and Dallas Immigration Courts, around two out of every three individuals who were unrepresented were ordered deported at their initial master calendar hearing. In contrast, in the Orlando, Newark, San Francisco, New York and Detroit Immigration Courts this occurred less than 15 percent of the time.

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